Protestant Reformation - History and Impact

When Martin Luther accused the Catholic Church of ninety-five abuses—on October 31, 1517—his actions started a societal revolution, not just a religious reformation. 

This video—"Reluctant Revolutionary," from the PBS series "Empires" (Season 1, Episode 2)—explains how significantly that movement changed the world. It is narrated by Liam Neeson.

This drawing—from the travel album of Otto Heinrich (Elector of Palatine)—depicts the town of Wittenberg (where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in 1517), as the city appeared in 1536. 


Located along the Elbe River, Wittenberg was part of East Germany during the Cold-War Era.  The original of this image is maintained by Würzburg University Library and is online via German-language Wikipedia.

Media Credits

"Reluctant Revolutionary," a PBS documentary about Martin Luther embedded above, is online via PBS' Channel at YouTube. Copyright, PBS, all rights reserved.  Video provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the documentary. The documentary is narrated by Liam Neeson.


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